Long before telephone directories, or indeed telephones existed, contact directories were paper based and listed simply the vendor and what service they provided. Naismiths Directory was an annual publication in Lanarkshire that grouped together and listed vendors from several towns. I’m lucky enough to own an 1879 edition of Naismiths Directory that covers the entire Blantyre area. It’s clear great attention was given to include all vendors, whether large or small. The Blantyre Sections is particularly detailed and for the purposes of archiving, and given the huge expansion that happened in Blantyre in that decade, i’m listing every single business here:
GENERAL DIRECTORY. HIGH AND LOW BLANTYRE. Adam, C. & W., joiners, High Blantyre Adams, Thomas, grocer and provision merchant, Stonefield Adamson, Lawrence W. , Rosebank cottage, Blantyre Agnew, Mrs, fruiterer, Larkfield, High Blantyre Aitkenhead, John, grocer, Hunthill Aitkenhead, J, & R., builders, Hunthill, High Blantyre Alexander, James, shoemaker. High Blantyre Anderson, Alexander, Wheatlandhead t. rm, High Blantyre Anderson, J., haircutter. Hart's buildings, Stonefield Anderson, John, grocer, Stonefield Anderson, William, cement works, Calderside, High Blantyre Bannatyne, Colonel, Millheugh, High Blantyre Bannatyne, Mrs, Millheugh, High Blantyre Barr, James, baker, High Blantyre Barr, James, draper, High Blantyre Barron, Thomas, grocer, M 'Alpine's buildings, Stonefield Begg & Son, H., blacksmiths. High Blantyre Beveridffe, Robert, grocer, Stanley place, Stonefield Black, Henry, greengrocer, Springwell, Blantyre Blackley, William, baker and spirit merchant, Causeystane, High Blackwood, James, Greencroft, High Blantyre Blantyre Bowling Club — Green, Stonefield road Brown, Brothers, Messrs, painters and decorators, M 'Alpine's buildings, Stonefield Brown, Mrs Dr, Elderbush cottage, High Blantyre Brown, James, saddler, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Brown, T, J., Springfield cottage, Stonefield, Low Blantyre Brown & Son, Archibald, ironmongers, Stonefield Bruce, James, spirit merchant, Larkfield, High Blantyre Bryson, John, Low Blantyre Store Buchanan, John, grocer and spirit merchant, Woodbum place, Stonefield Buchanan, John, grocer, Stonefield road Burnett, Andrew, contractor, Craigmuir colliery, High Blantyre Etirns, Mrs, dairy, Larkfield, High Blantyre Cameron, Duncan, flesher, Woodburn place, and spirit merchant, Glasgow road, Stonefield Campbell, Matthew, nurseryman, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Chambers, William, joiner and builder, Springwell. House — The Flat, Motherwell Clark, Charles, carter, Avon buildings, Stonefield Clark, Mrs, grocer, Larkfield, High Blantyre Clark, R. A., confectioner. Commercial place, Stonefield road Clark, Walter, of Crossbasket, High Blantyre Clelland, George, Greenblairs farm. High Blantyre Clelland, T. & E., grocers, Auchinraith, High Blantyre. Coats, John, Blantyre farm. High Blantyre Coats, John, spirit merchant, Stonefield Cochrane, J. R., Calder Glen Cochrane, J. & K, Birdsfield brick works. High Blantyre Cook, William, Janefield Cottage, High Blantyre Cook, William, wine and spirit merchant, Stonefield Craig, Albert, grocer, Springwell place Craig, Allan, wine and spirit merchant. High Blantyre Craig, Archibald, Birdsfield farm. High Blantyre Craig, James, grocer, Stonefield road Craig, James, haircutter, M 'Alpine's buildings, Stonefield Craig, John, Bellsfield farm. High Blantyre Currie, Alexander, stationer, Gardiner's place. High Blantyre Dalgleish & Kerr, weaving factory. Low Blantyre Davidson, Robert, Auchinraith saw mills, Blantyre Deans, Gavin, baker, Stonefield Dickson, John, lime merchant, Newfield, High Blantyre Dickson, Robert, Broomhouse farm. High Blantyre Dixon (Limited), W. S., Blantyre collieries ; manager — James Watson, Side cottage ; cashier — Neil Douglas, Side cottage Dobbie, John, tailor, M 'Alpine's buildings, Stonefield Douglas, Neil, cashier. Side cottage. High Blantyre Downie, Dr, Park villa. Apothecary Hall, Stonefield Downie, William, grocer and spirit merchant, Kirkton, High Duncan, James, baker, Woodburn place, Stonefield Dunlop, W. T., grocer, Kirkton, High Blantyre Dunlop & Co., Colin, Craigmuir colliery. High Blantyre Dunlop & Co., James, Park colliery. High Blantyre Fegan, Hugh, pawnbroker. Crimson's buildings, Stonefield Ferguson, Brown, Haughhead farm. High Blantyre Fern, Mrs, grocer, Larkfield, High Blantyre Fisher, David, manager, gas-works, Stonefield road Fleming, John, draper and grocer, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Ford, George, spirit merchant, Springwell buildings, Stonefield Forrest, Alex., spirit merchant, Hart's buildings, Stonefield Forrest, C. & A., contractors, Larkfield, High Blantyre Fowlei-, Peter, draper, Gardiner's place, High Blantyre Frame, Thomas, Blantyre Park Farm Frame, William, carter, Grimson's buildings, Stonefield Frawley, Pev. Thomas, Roman Catholic Chapel Fullarton, Robert, Cemetery keeiaer, High Blantyre Galbraith, Isabella, fruiterer and confectioner, High Blantyre Gardner, Andrew, spirit merchant, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Gardiner, John, Newmains Cottage, High Blantyre Gardiner, Robert, ironmonger. High Blantyre Geddes, Thomas, junr., grocer, M'Alpine's buildings, Stonefield Getty, Walter, saddler, Stanley place, Stonefield Gilmour, Andrew, grocer and spirit merchant, Stonefield Gow, Mrs, Holmston Graham, Andrew, dairy, Stanley place, Stonefield Grant, Dr., Apothecary hall, Gardiner's place, house — Spring- field Cottage, High Blantyre Grant, Dr, surgery, Grimson's buildings, Stonefield Gray, John, greengrocer, Springwell buildings, Blantyre Gray, Robert, merchant, Stonefield Hamilton, Daniel, grocer, Springwell place, Blantyre Hamilton, James, Blantyre works Farm Hamilton, James, Newhouse farm, High Blantyre Harris, George, registrar and postmaster. High Blantyre Hart, Thomas, tobacconist, Hart's buildings, Stonefield Hart, William, ironmonger, plumber and gasfitter, Hart's buildings, Stonefield * Harvey, William, spirit merchant, Springwell btiildings, Stone- field. Hastie, David, contractor, Stonefield Farm Hastie, John, ironmonger, Gardiner's place, High Blantyre Hay, John George, Post Office, Low Blantyre Hay, John, farmer, Auchintibber, High Blantyre Hazeals, James, plumber and gasfitter. High Blantyre Henderson, Robert, clothier, Stonefield Hendrie, John, grocer and shoemaker, Hendrie place, High Blantyre Hepburn, William, shoemaker. Commercial place, Stonefield rd. Hill, James, tailor and clothier. Turner's buildings, Stonefield Hogg, J. & G., Stonefield Medical Hall, Avon buildings, Stone- field Houston & Co., C. N., drapers, Stonefield Howie, John, dairy, Grimson's buildings, Stonefield Hunter, Smart, spii-it merchant, Auchintibber Jackson, Alexander, Barnhill farm, High Blantyre Jackson, Mrs, Old place. High Blantyre Jackson, Mrs, Rosebank Cottage, Low Blantyre Jackson, James, of Bardykes, Low Blantyre Jackson, John, Blantyre farm, High Blantyre Jackson, John, Stonefield store Jackson, Thomas, Blantyre Park farm. High Blantyre Jackson, William, of Blantyre i^ark, High Blantyre Jamieson, Andrew, engineer, Stonefield Jenkins, Samuel, tailor, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Jures, Matthew, greengrocer, M 'Alpine's buildings, Stonefield Kerr, Robert, Woodhouse Kirkpatrick, Andrew, stationmaster, Caledonian Railway Station Laing, Alexander, fruiterer, Stonefield road Laird, Alexander, colliery manager, Side cottage, H. Blantyre Laird, Charles, grocer, Auchintibber, High Blantyre Lang, John S., house factor, and insurance agent, Springwell biiildings, Stonefield Lee, Alexander, grocer, Hunthill, High Blantyre Lees & Co., boot and shoemakers, Broompark place, and Gilmour's place, Stonefield. Factory— Maybole Little, John, fruiterer, Stonefield road Loudon & Co., J., grocers and provision merchants, Larkfield, High Blantyre Marshall, William, grocer. Commercial place, Stonefield road Maxwell, John, shoemaker, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Merry & Cuninghame, Auchinraith Collieries. William Wilson, manager ; John Stewart, cashier Michie, A. G-., stationmaster, C.R. Station, High Blantyre Miller, Alexander, Blantyre saw mills, Stonefield Minigle, Thomas, grocer, Causeystane, High Blantyre Minto, R. S., watchmaker and jeweller, Stonefield road Mitchell, Isabella, news-agent, Stonefield road Mitchell & Forrest, joiners, Stonefield Monaghan, James R., saleroom, Larkfield, High Blantyre Monteith & Co., Henry, dye works.— John Strathearn, manager. John Laing, cashier Moore, J. W., of Greenhall, High Blantyre Morris, Mrs M., dairy, M 'Alpine's buildings, Stonefield Muir, Hugh, flesher. Commercial place, Stonefield road Muir, James, Broompark farm, High Blantyre Muir, Robert, draper and clother, High Blantyre Muirhead & M'Lean, Misses, dressmakers, Springwell buildings, Stonefield Murdoch, Mrs Robert, Haughhead farm, High Blantyre M 'Alpine, Robert, Stonefield brick works M 'Arthur, J., railway inspector, School lane. High Blantyre M'Caffrie, John, wine and spirit merchant, Springwell place Blantyre M'Call, Alexander, ironmonger, Turner's buildings, Stonefield M'Callum, Hugh, Agent of Clydesdale Bank, Blantyre M 'Galium, Robert, grocer. High Blantyre M'Clusky, John, pawnbroker, Woodburn place, Stonefield M'Cormick, James, West Neuk, High Blantyre M 'Donald, Patrick, sale rooms, Hart's buildings, Stonefield M 'Donald, Rev. Robert, Free Church Manse, Low Blantyre M'Dougall, W. C, F.C. missionary, Burnbank M'Gregor, John, of Neilson, Shaw, and M'Gregor, Glasgow^ Hyde Park, High Blantyre M'Guire, Angus, grocer, Gardiner's Place, High Blantyre M'Harg, James, Orchardhead Cottage, High Blantyre M'Intyre, Miss, spirit merchant, Auchinraith, High Blantyre M'Kendrick, Allan, carter. Hart's buildings, Stonefield M'Kerrow, Hugh, grocer, Auchintibber, High Blantyre M'Kinnon, Charles, Boweshill M'Lelland, James, blacksmith, Auchinraith, High Blantyre M 'Murray, John, Barnhill Tavern, Barnhill, High Blantyre M'Nair, William, spirit merchant, Kirkton, High Blantyre M'Naughton, David, spirit merchant, Stanley place, Stonefield M'Neill, Nigel, F.C. missionary, Stonefield M'Tyre, Alexander, Craigknowe Farm M 'William, Alexander, Craigmuir farm, High Blantyre M 'William, Thomas, Greenhall farm, High Blantyre Naismith, James, of Coatshill, Low Blantyre Naismith, John, grocer, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Ness, John, The School-house, Low Blantyre Nimmo, John, grocer and draper, Nimmo's buildings, Stonefield Nisbet, William, sale room, Hart's buildings, Stonetield Oliver, R. W., drajier. Crimson's buildings, Blantyre Pairman, Alexander, grocer. Low Blantyre Pate, Alexander Stewart, grocer, Springfield, High Blantyre Paterson, James, Blantyre House Penman, W. & L., funeral undertakers and carriage hirers Causeystane, High Blantyre Pettigrew, William, Priory Villa, Low Blantyre Pollock, Robert, contractor. Glebe cottage, High Blantyre Prentice, W. A., watchmaker and jeweller, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Rae, Robert, sale room, Nimmo's buildings, Stonefield Rae, William, grocer, Stonefield road Reid, James, Blantyre Lodge, Low Blantyre Reid, William, Calderside farm, High Blantyre Renfrew, Alexander, Coatshill Cottage, Stonefield, Low Blantyre Renfrew, Alexander, Shott farm, High Blantyre Riddock, Alexander, missionary, United Presbyterian Church, Glasgow road Roberts, William, spirit merchant, Glasgow road, Low Blantyre Robertson, David, Coatshill Farm Robertson, Peter, grocer, Springwell place, Blantyre Robertson, Robert, joiner and builder, Larkfield, HighlBlantyre Scott, Mrs, Basket farm, High Blantyre Scott, Mrs, Blantyre farm. High Blantyre Scott, John, of Boathouse Scott, Thomas, Priestfield Farm, High Blantyre Scott, William, grocer, Stonefield Scott, William, stationer, Grimson's buildings, Stonefield Shanks, James (of Arthur & Co., Glasgow), Greengairs Cottage Shaw, Robert, of Thornhill, Low Blantyre Sillar, William, Inspector of poor and sanitary Inspector, High Blantyre Smart, Alexander, Brownlee House, Low Blantyre Smellie, Mrs, spirit merchant, High Blantyre Smith, John, sale room, M 'Alpine's buildings, Stonefield Smith & Miller, drapers, Stonefield road Somerville, William, Blantyre oil works, Stonefield Sprott, Robert, boot and shoemaker, Springwell bdgs., Stonefield Sprowl, Mrs, Brownlee House, Low Blantyre Sprowl, John, boot and shoemaker. High Blantyre Steel, William, Woodburn Cottage, Low Blantyre Steven, Robert, market gardener. Low Blantyre Stewart, Robert, slater and plasterer, Auchinraith, H. Blantyre Strachan, John, shoemaker, High Blantyre Struthers, James, shoemaker, High Blantyre Struthers, J. B., spirit merchant, High Blantyre Struthers, Mrs, carter, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Struthers & M 'Hutchison, grocers and spirit merchants, Stonefield Taylor, David H. , spirit merchant, Auchentibber, H. Blantyre Taylor, J., boot and shoemaker, Stonefield road Templeton, John, blacksmith, Barnhill, High Blantyre Templeton, William P., blacksmith. High Blantyre Thomson, John, flesher, Gardiner's place, High Blantyre Todd, John, baker. Commercial buildings, Stonefield road Topping, R. M., Brownlee cottage, Glasgow road, Blantyre Topping & Co., R. M., ironfounders, Stonefield Foundry Walker, James, joiner, Glasgow road, Blantyre Warnock, David, joiner, Springfield, High Blantyre Warnock, Hugh, Laichlyock farm. High Blantyre Warnock & Walker, joiners. High Blantyre Watson, Arthur, grocer. Commercial place, Stonefield road Watson, James, colliery manager, Side cottage, H. Blantyre Watson, Jane, grocer, High Blantyre Weir, John, Blantyre park, High Blantyre Weir, Mrs, Braehead, High Blantyre Wheelan, James, baker, Larkfield, High Blantyre Williamson, Thomas, Priestfield Farm, High Blantyre 104 CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, SOCIETIES. Wilson, Hugh, grocer and grain merchant, Auchinraith, High Blantyre Wilson, Robert, plasterer, Causevshot, High Blantj're Wright, Eev. Stewart, E.G., The Manse, High Blantyre Wylie, J. & A., fleshers, Stonefield Wyllie, Rev. William, pastor. Evangelical Union Church Young, Alexander, spirit merchant. Cross Keys, Larkfield, High Blantyre Young, Mungo, Larkfield store. High Blantyre Young, James, Lodgehill farm. High Blantyre CHURCHES AND CLERGY. Established Chiircli, Rev. Stewart Wriglit Established Church Mission Hall, Stonefield Road, Free Church Rev. Robert Macdonald United Presbyterian Church, Glasgow road, . . Mr Riddock, missionary Evangelical Union Church Rev. William Wyllie Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Thomas Erawley SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS. High Blantyre Public School.— Head Master, David Dunlop ; Mistress, Miss Aitken Low Blantyre Public School— Head Master, John Ness. Mistress, Mrs Margaret Murdoch SOCIETIES. Fbee Masons.— Lodge Kilwinning, No. 577. Lodge-Room, J. B. S truth ers' Hall. Ekee Masons.— Lodge Kilwinning, No. 5S9. Lodge-Room, John Coats' Hall, Stonefield Mechanics. — Lodge Vale of Clyde. Lodge-Room, Blackley's Hall INDEPENDENT ORDER OF GOOD TEMPLARS. No. 606— Blantyre's Hope. Instituted 1871. Meets in School-Room on Saturdays at 8 o clock. D.G.W.C.T., George Don, Newlands ; Vf.C.T., John Muir, Blantyre Works. No. 759.— Blantyre Priory. Instituted 1872. Meets in Masonic Hall, on Mondays, at 8.15. D.G.W.C.T., Jas. Smith, Auchintibber ; W.C.T.; James Patersou, Calderwood Castle Lodge No. 367.— Crusaders. Instituted 1877. Meets in Stonefield Hall, on • Thursdays, at 8.30. D.G.W.C.T., R. Kirkland, Auchinraith; W.C.T., David Fisher, Manager, Gas Works No. 135.— Juvenile Olive Branch Lodge. Meets in Struthers' HAll, on Mondays, at 7 o'clock. Superintendent, Jas. Smith, Auchintibber. BANK.— Clydesdale— Hugh M'Callum, agent.